EPA Power Plant Rule Sets Ambitious Emission Goals

States Drafting Plan to Achieve 32 percent drop in Carbon Dioxide EmissionsEmmission Reductions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Clean Power Plan this summer. The rule requires states to meet emissions reduction goals for carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from existing fossil fuel power plants (i.e., coal and natural gas).
The Clean Power Plan is expected to achieve a 32 percent nationwide reduction in CO2 emissions from the power sector in 2030 from 2005 levels.
Like all utilities, Todd-Wadena Cooperative and wholesale electricity provider Great River Energy will be affected by the rule, and they are working hard to help state regulatory agencies prepare compliance plans that minimize negative impacts on members’ bills or electric service.
Great River Energy has several teams of employees and consultants working on this issue. Todd-Wadena has teamed up to achieve the goals of the Clean Power Plan with the least burden on our membership.
Great River Energy’s three coal power plants in North Dakota will be covered by the Clean Power Plan. The plants are among the most efficient and lowest in CO2 emission rates in North Dakota, due in part to Great River Energy’s continued focus on improving performance. The organization is working with other utilities and officials as the state of North Dakota develops its plan to comply with the EPA’s new rule.
Although Great River Energy’s power plants in Minnesota are not subject to the rule, the cooperative is also engaged in Minnesota’s stakeholder process to help ensure minimal impact to rates and reliability from the state’s plan.
The Clean Power Plan sets CO2 emissions-reduction goals for each state. The rule allows states to trade under a multi-state approach, which Great River Energy has long supported. States are required to file implementation plans to the EPA by Sept. 6th, 2016. They may request a two-year extension at that time.

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